Power for the new Renaultsport Clio is expected to come from a turbocharged 1.6-litre engine with around 200bhp

The all-new Renaultsport Clio has been previewed for the first time at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. A prototype version of the French firm’s next hot hatch was driven up the hillclimb by Renault’s chief operating officer Carlos Tavares in the Festival’s ‘First Glance’ section.

Power for the new Renaultsport Clio is expected to come from a turbocharged 1.6-litre engine with around 200bhp. The switch to smaller capacity turbo power means the end of for the current car’s famed high-revving normally aspirated 2.0-litre unit.

A dual-clutch gearbox featured on the Goodwood prototype, but a manual option is still expected to remain.

Like the standard car due to be unveiled by Renault next week, the Renaultsport version will be five-door only. Design chief Laurens van den Acker has promised the design will have the look of a three-door due to the swoopy rear section and rear door handles hidden in the C-pillars.

The new Renaultsport Clio will be officially unveiled at the Paris motor show in September. A racing version is also planned to compete in the various European Clio Cup race series. 

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2 July 2012

I think it looks brilliant, I used to like this car.

2 July 2012

We're holding our breath waiting for confirmation of a manual version. If it's double-clutch only, there are going to be some very unimpressed RenaultSport fans! 

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2 July 2012

Does this wacky paint job come in red? ... Given that this is supposed to be "camoflage", it's not doing a very good job! ...

2 July 2012

I am really looking forward to this car. The 208 GTi should finally be a decent car and will be good competition for this. 5-door only is a great idea for those of us with kids too.

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2 July 2012

It looks, er... striking. It's a shame that the NA engine will no longer be in the Renaultsport, as the current Clio RS is the best hot hatch currently on sale.

2 July 2012

Very odd paint job, it does not even have any lights ,it's far off production.

3 July 2012

Too many doors !

6 July 2012

I hope this car can improve on the brilliant 200 cup and look forward to autocars first drive of it.

 

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New Renaultsport hot hatch has sophistication, but can it excite when direct rivals like the Ford Fiesta ST have perfected the formula?

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